Jasper takes first step on fire ladder

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Meet Fenland’s newest firefighter

Jasper Vidot, 27, of Wisbech, is one of 10 new recruits who joined Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue earlier this month.

Mr Vidot had previously worked in hospitality management and was an on-call firefighter in Huntingdon.

But he is now joining his colleagues on shouts in the community after completing a 10-week training course in Cardiff.

Mr Vidot was keen to get out and do the job. He said: “My favourite part about the whole-time training in Cardiff was the breathing apparatus exercises we did and the live fire training.

“Even though I’ve been an on-call firefighter for two years, I’ve never had experience like that before; it was very realistic and intense.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the team in Wisbech and just doing the job in the community.”

Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg has welcomed the new recruits.

He said: “We are thrilled to welcome this group of new firefighters to CFRS to begin what is hopefully a great career with the fire service.

“Being a firefighter in a modern fire and rescue service is not about being the strongest, the biggest or the bravest any more.

“With such a small percentage of crews’ time spent at operational jobs, the role of a firefighter is about serving the community in so many different ways.

“We wish this cohort of firefighters the best of luck and hope they enjoy helping us to protect the public of Cambridgeshire.”

Wisbech firefighters have recently said farewell to Graham Brighty, 56. He joined Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in July 1988 and retired in December.